Saturday, January 05, 2013
Washington, D.C. Our nation's capital! We might not like what's going on there most of the time, but it can be a fun place to visit. My first experience was during a school field trip (taking a bus all the way fromPennsylvania), and it was very exciting!
Anyway, today I have two vintage pix from D.C., starting with this 1947 photo of the Capitol building. Construction began in 1793, and continued for many years through various expansions. The cast iron dome (which weighs nearly 9 million pounds) was added in 1863. The giant Slurpee machine was added in 1974. I love the old cars, the old-fashioned stop sign and the general park-like ambiance.
From "sometime in the 1950's" we have this nice picture of the Jefferson Memorial. I always assumed it was built as a tribute to Jefferson Airplane, but it turns out that we once had a President named Thomas Jefferson. Who knew! I wonder if he liked tacos.
Franklin Roosevelt encouraged the idea of a Memorial to T.J., and this Beaux-Arts style building began construction in 1938; it was officially dedicated by F.D.R. in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.